In the blink of an eye, everything in the UFC changed as we witnessed Champion Jose Aldo knocked out by Irishman Conor McGregor. There were months of hype, verbal punches and press interview disputes. Saturday, Dec. 12th Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor collided at the acclaimed UFC Featherweight championship bout at UFC 194. The battle, contrary to most predictions, ended with blinding speed.
Surely, McGregor, who is known as “Notorious” in UFC, made good on his pre-fight preparations, knocking out his opponent “Junior” early. The stunning stoppage at only 13 seconds into the 1st round following one decisive left cross punch from the Irishman. This one shot provided viewers with the perfect demonstration of the expression, “rang his bell.”
McGregor sought the perfect position right in the center of the ring and waited for the exact moment to released the straight left. Aldo played right into the challenger’s hand by leaning a bit forward and throwing a right, which left a split second of opening that McGregor was waiting for; if you can call 10 seconds waiting. The punch of destiny landed on the chin, and three seconds later, we saw Aldo knocked out and falling to the canvas.
He never broke a sweat.
McGregor made it look strangely easy after almost eight months of constant trash talk.
Aldo was boo-ed during the post-fight conference after it was apparent that the Brazilian was angry over his quick loss. It was a hard pill to swallow, being beaten in such decisive fashion for the first time in the Octagon. Aldo began to soften and acknowledged that McGregor delivered on his commitment to steal the featherweight title.
During the interview with the UFC’s Joe Rogan, Aldo was asked: “Jose, how much of the fight can you remember at this moment?” Aldo’s response, via his spokesperson, claimed that there has to be a rematch as the fight was not a real one. “He projected a cross on my chest, which I wasn’t foreseeing, and then I fired a punch, and he came back with a quick cross and that was that,” said the translator.
Rogan replied back to Aldo’s statement, saying: “It was surely a fight, one that ended quite fast.”
Aldo became more magnanimous in his defeat, and he praised McGregor for the strike that knocked him out and ended the fight only after 13 seconds.
“He was lucky today, caught me with a good punch,” said Aldo. He added that it was time to move on and wait his turn for a rematch. In a more recent interview, He stated he would take a rest and come back better trained to regain what he referred to as, “Mine.”
Big money ahead for McGregor
After winning this battle in such a dramatic fashion, Conor McGregor is projected to be a rich man by the end of his UFC. At least, that’s the forecast of UFC chairman Lorenzo Fertitta, who said Tuesday night that he thought McGregor would be “the first $100 millionaire from the league.” Fertitta said that his windfall would come as a result of fight earnings, bonuses and pay-per-view revenue. And, that’s not counting endorsement income or entertainment deals. On Tuesday, TMZ reported that McGregor was offered a role in Vin Diesel’s “XXX” sequel.